What’s in it for me?

What’s in it for Horizon 2020 beginners

The presentations at the bottom of this page will guide you through most aspects of Horizon 2020 and provide you with a thorough introduction of this programme. 
They address the following subjects:

A general introduction to Horizon 2020... and the participant portal of H2020 where you can find all information on the calls and where you can submit your proposals and so much more ...
See how proposals are evaluated... understand the criteria that are used to do that ... see what information you need to provide in your proposals in order to meet those criteria ...
Understand the legal and financial aspects related to projects that are funded under Horizon 2020
See what you expect from our NCP-services... and how and where you can connect with potential partners for your proposal's consortia

Feel free to contact us if you need more information or assistance, we are here to help!

What’s in it for SMEs

Find out here what Horizon 2020 could mean for your type of organisation... 



Horizon 2020 stimulates SME participation across the whole programme, but with a particular focus on close-to-market support.

Development results need to be translated into innovation: great ideas need to be picked up by users, customers and the market and this is where SMEs play a vital role.
Over 8 billion € out of the Horizon 2020 budget is expected to find its way directly to SMEs!

SMEs can participate in any of the H2020 projects, but typically in those of the Societal Challenges or the Leadership in Enabling and Industrial Technologies programmes, providing specialized technology/knowledge and/or bringing the project results closer to the market. Also some of the Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions can be relevant: these actions have as focus to train researchers in both the academic and non-academic sector. MSCA calls that could be of interest for SMEs are Individual Fellowships (there is one evaluation panel dedicated to non-academic entities with an indicative budget of € 10 million in the 2020 call), Innovative Training Networks and the Research and Innovation Staff exchanges. Both schemes aim to establish consortia formed by entities coming from the academic and non-academic sector, the latter one provides top-up funding to salaries of seconded staff.

In addition, SMEs can apply for funding under the European Innovation Council pilot which runs from 2018-2020. The support provided in the EU’s dedicated EIC accelerator pilot (former SME instrument) which targets high innovative SMEs showing a strong ambition to develop, grow and internationalise, regardless of whether they are high-tech and research-driven or non-research conducting, social or service companies. This instrument is fully bottom-up and addresses the financing gap in developing high-potential, but high-risk innovative ideas of SMEs and bringing them closer to the market. SMEs participating to the EIC accelerator pilot (former SME instrument), FET-Open, FET Proactive or Fast Track to Innovation projects will have the opportunity to make use of dedicated business acceleration services and personalized coaching. The Horizon Prizes are for anyone whoever best meets one of the six challenges.